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Map reading & Navigation Skills with AAA in Dartmoor

If you wish to learn how to map read and how to get yourself 'unlost' using every day devices then this is the weekend for you.  

We will be based in Dartmoor on the AAA Dartmoor Weekend and on Saturday we will will focus on teaching some basic navigation, compass and map skills along with some more advanced skills to stop you getting into trouble.  We will also focus on how you can save yourself if you have go lost.


We aim to cover the following;

1. Maps and map types

2. Compasses and the basics

3. Map orientation

4. The differences between the Norths & Magnetic Variation / Declination

5. Grids & grid references

6. Contours, map Symbols & Rights of Way

7. Bearings

8. Hand railing, contouring, aiming off & attack points.


9. Resection, Back bearings and Cross bearings

10. Using Smart phones

11. Pacing, Time & Distance


We will undertake the majority of the navigation training outdoors.

Therefore all the appropriate hiking clothing will be required, we will be walking on compass bearings a great deal and not always utilising paths, tracks etc.

We recommend you bring the following items, in addition to the normal hiking kit list;


1. Compass (We have a limited number of spares, but if you can buy or borrow a compass this would help)

2. Small pad & pencil

3. Waterproof Map Case

4. OS Map OL 28 (We will bring photocopies, but a map is always better)

5. Headtorch for some night navigation.


Prior to the weekend you can read some useful information on the Ordnance Survey web site

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/resources/map-reading/ 


In order to join this FREE training session you will need to have joined the AAA Dartmoor weekend.

Prior to the weekend please Download the following Apps to your Smart Phone.

1. OS Locate

2. OS Maps (Download a few days prior to leaving as the app is FREE for 7 days)


Your teacher

Mike H has been leading hiking groups within the Meetup environment since 2011 and has undertaken the Mountain leader Training Courses.

Prior to Meetup Mike spent 11 years in the army with a specialist Long Range Reconnaissance unit specialising in moving and navigating at night in a wide range of conditions and locations.  During his time in the military he also taught new recruits navigation amongst other skills.


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  • Tatiana L

    After few years of hiking I've finally learned how to use compass and read the map, well sort of.. I've tried :) Thank you Mike for being so patient :)

    4 days ago

  • Rachel W.

    Hi Mike I'm signed up for the walking weekend and I'm interested in doing this too. How much actual walking will we also do as part of this navigation training?

    November 30

  • Mike H

    In order to participate in this day of navigation training you will need to have signed up for the Dartmoor weekend

    https://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/events/231837629/

    November 27

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